Embarking on a journey through the United States, travelers are no longer confined to the typical hotel experience, thanks to the rise of Airbnb. This platform has revolutionized the way we explore new destinations, offering a kaleidoscope of unique accommodations that range from the charmingly cool to the outright wacky and wild. In our curated list of the 10 coolest, wackiest, and wildest Airbnbs in the USA, we're taking you on a virtual tour of properties that defy conventional travel norms. Whether you're an avid adventurer seeking an unconventional retreat, or a curious traveler looking to add a dash of extraordinary to your journey, these destinations are guaranteed to leave you awestruck.

In no particular order, let’s get to these wild and wacky stays.

1. The Kellogg Doolittle House

Joshua Tree, California

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The Kellogg Doolittle estate in Joshua Tree, California, earns its spot among the 10 coolest, wackiest, and wildest Airbnbs in the USA through its unparalleled blend of organic architecture and intimate connection with nature. Created over 25 years by architect Ken Kellogg, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, this masterpiece embodies the organic architecture movement, boasting a design that integrates seamlessly with the surrounding desert landscape. Its unique features, such as 26-winged piers, a living room wrapped around a million-year-old rock formation, and exclusive access to a private section of Joshua Tree National Park, offer guests an unmatched experience. The property's dedication to privacy, quiet, and natural beauty, along with luxurious amenities like a hot tub and custom Hastens beds in each bedroom, makes it a standout destination for travelers seeking an extraordinary retreat.

The property rents out for $6,500 a night, and has only 5-star reviews. It’s been featured in Architectural Digest and Dwell, and now, Travel Magazine.

What a spot!

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2. The Cliff Dweller

Campton, Kentucky

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The Cliff Dweller in Campton, Kentucky, stands out as a marvel of adventurous architecture, being the first cliff-mounted rental in the Red River Gorge. This unique Airbnb, created by The Canopy Crew, offers an intimate connection with nature by merging treehouse charm with the ruggedness of sandstone cliffs.

Featuring a massive floating staircase leading to breathtaking views, two queen beds, and modern amenities within a structure that honors the surrounding landscape, it promises an unforgettable stay. Priced at $691 a night and highly rated by guests, it's a testament to innovation in eco-friendly vacationing.

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3. The Pyramid

Mars Hill, North Carolina

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The Pyramid Home in Mars Hill, North Carolina, offers a unique architectural design with a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Set within the secure Wolf Laurel community, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom property spans four floors, featuring two living areas, a large deck for enjoying mountain views, and a variety of modern amenities. With a focus on comfort and a seamless blend with nature, it provides a distinctive stay for guests looking for an exceptional mountain experience. At $335 a night and a 4.94 rating from 32 reviews, it promises an unforgettable retreat.

Here’s what a recent visitor, Jessica, had to say about her stay:

My family had the most memorable Christmas ever at the Pyramid House. This is a one-of-a-kind Airbnb experience. Every sunrise and sunset brought us together as a family to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Nancy provided excellent local recommendations. We enjoyed soaking in the mineral hot springs in Hot Spring, NC, eating at Chai Pani in Asheville, NC, and exploring some of the private trails that you can only access by staying at the Pyramid House. I highly recommend, and I hope we can return again in the near future!

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4. The Caboose

Marietta, Ohio

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To expand on the experience at The Caboose in Marietta, Ohio, it's not just the accommodation itself that captures the imagination, but also its unique setting and the journey to reach it. Marietta, a picturesque town nestled at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, is rich in history and natural beauty, offering a serene backdrop for this one-of-a-kind stay. Getting to Marietta is an adventure in itself, easily accessible by car from major cities in Ohio and surrounding states, it's a gateway to exploring the charm of the Midwest.

What sets The Caboose apart is its creative transformation from a historic train car into a luxurious, yet cozy retreat. It combines the romance of rail travel with modern amenities and a touch of whimsy. The meticulous renovation respects the caboose's original elements, like the authentic train car lights and the original writing desk, while introducing contemporary comforts such as a modern kitchen and a spacious deck overlooking breathtaking river views. This fusion of past and present makes The Caboose a standout destination, perfect for those seeking an escape from the ordinary, amidst the natural beauty and tranquility of Ohio's landscape.

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5. The Magic Bullet

Asheville, North Carolina

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Okay, so look. We’re not recommending all of these, necessarily. But this one, as you can tell by the photo, is just so wacky, wild, and strange, we had to include it on our list. Check this thing out.

The Magic Bullet, nestled in the vibrant Baying Hound Campground near Asheville, is a one-of-a-kind sleeping pod that combines the essence of treehouse living with a touch of whimsy and innovation. Suspended in the air, it offers a unique lodging experience that is reflective of Asheville's eclectic charm.

This sleeping pod, part of a campground that blends Appalachian rusticity with a communal, artsy vibe, is perfect for those seeking an unconventional stay. At $28 per night with a 4.79-star rating from 119 reviews, it provides an affordable, memorable escape close to the heart of Asheville, encapsulating the spirit of adventure and community.

6. The Bloomhouse

Austin, Texas

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The Bloomhouse in Austin, Texas, transcends mere accommodation, offering an enchanting escape that merges fantasy with architectural marvel. Nestled in the vibrant city known for its eclectic culture and rich history, this 1,100 sq. ft. residence, resembling a giant seashell unicorn, promises an unparalleled experience.

Crafted in the 1970s by visionary architecture students, its restoration preserved its whimsical essence while integrating modern comforts. Its secluded location provides tranquility, yet it's just a drive from downtown Austin's lively scene. With a 4.94-star rating from 173 reviews and a nightly rate of $780, the Bloomhouse invites guests to explore Austin's unique charm while dwelling in a space where imagination reigns supreme.

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7. The Bruno Steel House

Ransom Canyon, Texas

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Nestled in Ransom Canyon, Texas, the Robert Bruno Steel House stands as a unique blend of art and architecture, offering an unparalleled lodging experience. This sculptural masterpiece not only provides elegant features and breathtaking views but also comes with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and ample space, all for $400 a night.

With exclusive five-star reviews, guests are assured of top-tier service and an unforgettable stay. Its affordability for such a distinctive experience makes it a sought-after destination for those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquility of Lake Ransom Canyon.

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8. The Eagle’s Watch

Malibu, California

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Eagle's Watch in Malibu, designed by Harry Gesner, offers breathtaking unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. This famous architectural marvel is perfect for those seeking luxury and seclusion, with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and amenities for entertainment and relaxation. While priced at $1,245 per night, it provides an unparalleled getaway experience for up to 8 guests, blending indoor elegance with outdoor beauty, making it an investment in unforgettable memories and serenity by the ocean.

Visiting Eagle's Watch in Malibu presents a myriad of activities to enhance your stay. From the doorstep of this architectural wonder, guests can indulge in surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and beach volleyball at nearby beaches. For those who prefer land-based adventures, local hiking trails offer stunning views of the Malibu coastline. The area is also renowned for its exquisite dining options and shopping experiences, particularly in the Malibu Colony. This location perfectly combines luxury living with the natural beauty and recreational bounty of Malibu.

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9. The Red Rocks Wonder

Sedona, Arizona

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The Red Rocks Wonder in Sedona offers a luxurious 4-bedroom retreat with stunning views, nestled in the Village Of Oak Creek. This spacious home is equipped with a full kitchen, a beautiful master bedroom, and comfortable living spaces, making it ideal for exploring Sedona's famous hiking trails. Priced at $619 a night and rated 4.94 stars from 94 reviews, it provides a serene base for experiencing the natural beauty and outdoor adventures of the area.

In Sedona, visitors can immerse themselves in a range of activities, from exploring the renowned red rock formations and hiking trails to experiencing the town's vibrant arts scene. The area is known for its spiritual vortexes, offering a unique opportunity for meditation and self-discovery. Sedona's rich cultural heritage can be explored through its many galleries, shops, and restaurants, showcasing local art, cuisine, and crafts. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy biking, rock climbing, and jeep tours, ensuring a memorable visit filled with adventure and relaxation.

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10. The Ark

Springfield, Tennessee

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The Ark in Springfield, Tennessee, featured in Southern Living magazine, offers a unique stay on a 50-acre property with hiking, a labyrinth, and a creek. It includes amenities like a private hot tub, with the option for romantic and birthday packages. Priced at $168 a night with a 4.93-star rating from 309 reviews, it's a distinctive getaway that combines nature with comfort.

Among the Airbnbs discussed, The Ark in Springfield, Tennessee, stands out as arguably the most unusual. Situated on a sprawling property that includes hiking trails and a creek, its inclusion of a treehouse mansion and a lighthouse tower under renovation adds to its distinctiveness. The Ark, with its private and communal hot tubs and a variety of unique rental spaces, offers an eclectic mix of natural beauty and quirky accommodations, making it a memorable destination for those seeking an out-of-the-ordinary stay.

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As we wrap up our exploration of the most extraordinary Airbnbs across the United States, it's clear that the traditional vacation rental mold has been not just broken, but shattered. Each of these unique stays offers more than just a bed to rest in; they provide immersive experiences that can redefine your concept of adventure and relaxation. Whether you're drawn to the allure of unconventional architecture, the charm of living close to nature, or the thrill of experiencing life in a completely new context, there's something on this list for every type of traveler. So, the next time you're planning a getaway, remember that the world is full of wonders—and some of them are just a booking away. Venture beyond the ordinary, and let your accommodations be as memorable as your journey.


Dive into the extraordinary with our guide to the 10 Coolest, Wackiest, and Wildest Airbnbs in the USA, where unique stays transform ordinary trips into unforgettable adventures.